Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Gulden Draak is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation. For the secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used. The white bottle, the black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters, constitute a stylish result that has no equal among the many Belgian special beers. Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or dessert, or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax. But this barley wine is also perfect with and in stews, especially the Ghent variety. It is also a plus in sauces for red meat, such as a bordelaise. It is particularly suited as a dessert beer, especially in combination with dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
The aroma was crisp w/ dark fermented fruit, malts, and a slight roastiness. The flavor was soury fermented fruit w/ a malty sweetness and a slight roastiness. The beer poured a deep brownish red color w/ red hues; thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy, well-rounded and a medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2005
A fine dark colour, head good & creamy but not as thick as I expected. Fantastic complex nose, I dont know where to start, itís very rich and malty slightly hoppy but as it says in the description it is predominantly toffee/malt. Amazing big palate, bursting with rich sweet malt flavours,alcohol is noticable but not overwhelming, excellent beer, with a superb long finish. Present from Amsterdam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2005
330ml bottle: Ahhh, another one of those beers I have had many, many times in my life but just now got around to rating...Pours a muddy brown with a small but lasting frothy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has major notes of belgian candi sugar, pumpernickel bread, dried raisin and pear, floral and aromatic pipe tobacco esters, a touch of wood and pepper. The taste starts sweet but is never cloy or seem unbalanced. A nice dose of fruits and spice clean the palate. A underline sublime hop bitterness runs thoughout and a ending of lingering toffee lasts forever. The feel is quite unique, heavy and rich yet the spicy and crisp bite provides a refreshing nature countering itís high ABV. IMO, this has always been one the worldís underrated brews, nothing tonight change my mind. Enjoy this for an hour. Let it open up and warm to you and see what I mean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1270) - TAIWAN - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 has a sweet rich body and is very drinkable given its alcohol strengh. it has nice aroma and flavor, fruity and malty body. a very decent bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1421) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2005
Ferociously rich and effortlessly drinkable Belgian triple. It poured a muddy brown colour with a thick, lasting head. The nose is delicate for the 10.5% abv. Raisiny notes - perhaps plums soaked in dark rum. Big creamy body and thickly alcoholic. Lots of sweet malt - molasses and raisins, toffee. Long warming finish. Goodness, this slides down easily. A great triple. (Bottle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours a rich brown color, nice creamy head. Full bodied. Malt toffee-like sweetness, & a hoppy accent Itís just way too sweet. Could almost pass as a liqueur. If it was thicker it would make a great frosting, but that would probably be kind of gross. Maybe on coffee cake or banana bread. I donít know.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thefatmanrocks (22) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Dark malty sugary sweet. Great looking. stong tasting. canít believe Iíve never had this. Would love to get it again. (even Age it)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3145) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Dark cloudy brown with a nice creamy head that lasts and sheets the side of the glass. Very fruity aroma of over ripe pears and banannas, cinnamon and clove. Slightly sweet body. Caramel malt. Fairly creamy body. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Reddish -maroon in color under a huge fluffy light tan head whch dissapates quickly to a thin whispy layer. Immense luscious sweet aromas of raisin, fig, toffee, caramel, yeast and crystal malts. Although plenty of heftiness in aroma and flavor the mouthfeel seems a bit thin and spritzy. Flavors emerge of ripe and dark fruit, brown sugar and dark caramel. Alcohol definitely makes its presence and is quite warming and welcome on this windy 45 degree Florida Sunday afternoon. Late palate and long finish reveals an oaky, herbal presence with some background hoppiness which nicely balances out this ales dominant sweetness. A very enjoyable and complex Triple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 21, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Pours translucent brown slightly reddish with light brown head. Aroma comes off very sweet, i detect strong scents of raisin, brown sugar, and alcohol- not your typical belgian. What surprised me was the fairly thin body. For a belgian triple with such aroma I was expecting a rich and chewy beer that would coat the sides of my mouth- nope not at all. Still a decent brew though.

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